The ARC is committed to maintaining the integrity, legitimacy, impartiality and fairness of ARC processes. An important component of this is ensuring that conflicts of interest and confidentiality are managed according to best practice standards. 

The policy is designed so that all material personal interests are disclosed. This will support the identification and management of conflicts of interest in a rigorous and transparent way. In cases where an individual declares a material personal interest(s), the ARC will evaluate whether that interest amounts to a real or perceived conflict of interest and, if so, determine the extent to which that individual may be involved in discussion or decisions.

ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy—Version 2020.1

The ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy outlines the obligations that apply to individuals involved in ARC business including, but not limited to:

  • ARC staff, including Australian Public Service (APS) employees and contractors
  • Committee members, assessors, peer reviewers, consultants and any other parties engaged by the ARC for the provision of services and/or to conduct business on its behalf
  • Administering Organisations, researchers named in ARC funding applications and ARC funded projects.

All individuals engaging with the ARC are expected to familiarise themselves and comply with the policy.

For further information relevant to researchers and NCGP assessors, please visit the Identifying and Handling a Conflict of Interest in NCGP processes page.

Previous versions

  • ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy—Version 2019.1 – Word PDF
  • ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy – Version 2017.1WordPDF
  • ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy – Version 2014.1 – Word PDF
  • ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy – Version 2013.1 – Word PDF
  • ARC Guidelines for Disclosure of Interests and Confidentiality Obligations – Version 2009.1 – WordPDF